US audit questions Medicaid billing by 335 California dentists; state plans more monitoring

May 18, 2015 11:39 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal audit finds about 8 percent of dentists in California treating children enrolled in Medicaid may be overcharging, raising questions about the quality of care.

Auditors for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have identified 329 dentists and six orthodontists with questionable billing. Together, they were paid $118 million for pediatric dental work in 2012.

The report to be released Monday didn't determine whether dentists engaged in fraudulent billing or provided services that were not medically necessary.

Previously, federal health auditors found questionable billing among dental providers in North Carolina, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas and New York.

State officials say they are stepping up monitoring to better identify providers with questionable billing and will take action if needed.

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